Congratulations to Professor John Magee who will take over the directorship of the Centre for Medieval Studies from Interim Director Professor Isabelle Cochelin on July 1. Professor Magee received his PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto in 1986. He was appointed to the Department of Classics at Columbia University in 1986 as an Assistant Professor. In 1992, he joined the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies as an Associate Professor in the Centre for Medieval Studies. In 1999, Professor Magee was promoted to the rank of Professor. He is a member of the Classics Department, the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and the Centre for Medieval Studies. He has been a Senior External Fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and an Old Dominion Fellow of the Council of the Humanities, Princeton University (Department of Classics).
Professor Magee’s general research interests are in late ancient philosophy and philosophical commentators, and in textual criticism. He has published extensively on Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius in particular and is currently working on a critical edition of his Περὶ Ἑρμηνείας commentaries. He is the author of three books and a number of articles dealing primarily with the history of philosophy in the later Roman empire. Professor Magee has a fourth book, The Codex Pagesianus (BAV Pagès 1) and the Emergence of Aristotle in the Medieval West, coming out this year.
Having served as the Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Chair of Classics and, most recently, as the Vice-Dean, Faculty & Academic Life, Professor Magee has extensive academic administrative experience. Additionally, he has served on numerous committees at the Department, College, Faculty, and University levels.